A few of us had a good test with these after getting a set to Demo (6's) and they are great monitors for those on a smaller budget. (Bare in mind this is second time I've heard these but allways open for a second or more looks at things, and this time it was allot more extensive in a well treated room)
They not as good as monitors such as the 120A
, CMS65, SM200 etc, but they are close and pack allot of bang for their buck. They don't have the general detail or clarity of the others, however the top end detail I'd say was better than the CMS, and they have more output (And more output than the 120a
even) They do give an impression of "sounding good" which can give an empiricist of being better based on this, we all agree. The imaging is up there with them though and low end is at least clean / natural. Ribbon tweeters are usually my personal favorite but it seemed to lack a little detail and openness compared to other higher quality Ribbon (Or its technology) tweeters. There is a bit of a dip around 300-400Hz also we noticed, this could be improved with tweaking the rear. (Hump boost at around 160Hz was easily fixed with tweaking the low to -2dB,)
However as said they pack allot of bang for their buck and a close friend of mine is ordering a set to replace his R6a's based on this demo, as they seem to be a good upgrade from those.
These blow away KRK rockits though, more transparent, detailed and clean. (Than any of the rockits) and I'd say I'd prefer these than HS80's, but it's quite close. (Cleaner though)
I'm sure their next models if even higher quality will be a force to be reckoned with if they get it right, but it's a tough market with so much competition.
The F Series will be good competition for them, and it's sure great to have so many monitors in pretty much any price range. The competition and amount of monitor choices we have is just getting larger every year or two.
I'd be interested to check out those Stealth 8?